a nature swap and outdoor challenge mondays

Thanks to everyone for participating and spreading the word about the importance of getting our children outdoors!  I really enjoyed meeting so many new people and visiting new blogs from all over the world!

Let me tell you, getting my girls outdoors everyday is easy over here, but posting it everyday just about killed me! However, I will do it again next April, but for now we will change the Outdoor Challenge up a bit; keep getting out everyday, but you only need to post a favorite picture of your child(ren) or activity on Mondays. Two buttons to choose from (or keep the one Kari made, since the challenge is a little different I thought a new button might be in order). I need to get the hubs to get an http code for them.


If you leave me the OK that you are in for continuing the challenge leave a comment stating so. I will make a new link love list that I will tag onto my Monday posts. I will also include a participant of the week if I can, that was one of my favorite parts to last month’s challenge. If you need ideas for the great outdoors I found this great article- 50 Ways to Get Kids Hooked on the Outdoors; I especially love the outdoor game of  tic tac-toe in the dirt! (Photo below taken by Fauna)

Onward with something new- The Nature Swap

I was thinking of setting up a little nature swap as well. I could pair up everyone with a partner from a different state and we swap treasures that have been ethically collected from nature. Of course check state and country laws if in question, but you could always include photos or pictures and not the actual items. Some of our favorite gifts from bloggers have been little legal goodies found in nature or drawings of nature.

OK to trade-

  • bark
  • pinecones
  • pressed leaves and flowers
  • shells
  • arthropod sheds
  • reptile sheds
  • pieces of fur
  • rocks
  • casts of animal tracks
  • cleaned skulls, bones
  • fossils
  • cocoons or chrysalids that have already hatched
  • mushroom spore prints

Not OK to trade-

  • migratory bird feathers
  • bird nests or eggs
  • living plants and/or animals
  • dead animals
  • arrowheads
  • cave materials
  • coral
  • dried water animals
  • seeds
  • **don’t want to spread invasives

    Would be nice to include-

  • scientific drawings of natural items
  • journal entries of experiences observing nature
  • charts, graphs, reports on natural objects
  • photos
  • nature craft

    ***If you want to be included in the nature swap please send an email to me at crinklebein at yahoo dot com, please include your name and address. I will leave sign-ups open through Friday of next week. Please include the words Nature Swap in the subject of the email (I get so many emails daily, I don’t want to miss yours). Be sure to tell me ages of children as well, maybe could end up being pen pals! The swap will take place the last week of June, so everyone has a full month to gather swap material.

    Questions? Leave me a comment here.

    “That’s all.”


  • May 10, 2010 - 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve decided to continue the challenge. It’s a great incentive to keep getting outside. Did my post for today!

  • May 9, 2010 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Count me in for the nature challenge and the swap!

  • May 9, 2010 - 12:39 am | Permalink

    We are definitely in for the continued Outdoor Challenges! I am not sure if we will be able to do the swap, but it sounds fabulous! I am off to add the new button to my sidebar :D Looking forward to continuing the challenge with you!! I was really hoping you would!! <3

  • May 8, 2010 - 10:54 pm | Permalink

    LOVE the swap idea…I will be sending an email shortly. And you can count me in on the nature challenge. I am soooo glad you are extending it.

  • May 8, 2010 - 7:58 am | Permalink

    Love the nature swap idea – looking forward to playing!

  • May 7, 2010 - 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m in for the nature challenge! :)

  • May 7, 2010 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

    You made me go out,how can I pass this one?Count me in!

  • May 7, 2010 - 6:56 am | Permalink

    I’m definately in for the Monday get outdoor posts. i agree getting outdoors daily is far easier than blogging daily. Thanks for continuing the fun.

    The challenge was a bit of a wake-up call for me. It made me realise my daughter is not getting enough ‘free time’ outdoors. So i’ve been making an effort to give her more unstructured outdoor time. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  • May 7, 2010 - 2:25 am | Permalink

    We are in for the nature challenge. Look out for some good pics, momma got a new camera lens for ma day! yeah!

  • May 6, 2010 - 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m in on the outdoor challenge! It will be easier to post a picture once a week.

  • May 6, 2010 - 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a terrific idea especially since if it was hard for me to post each day I could only imagine that it would have been 100 times harder for you…plus I bet you then felt obligated to look at everyone’s post.

  • May 6, 2010 - 10:12 pm | Permalink

    It is easy for us to get outside every day too, sometimes it can be harder to get the girls to come inside. I think the Monday challenge sounds great, I would love to continue!

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  • May 6, 2010 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

    We loved the outdoor challenge and would love to continue on Mondays with you.

  • May 6, 2010 - 8:32 pm | Permalink

    We want to join…and I’ll post on The Magnifying Glass if that is OK with you.

  • May 6, 2010 - 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ll join in the outdoor challenge when I get back in a couple of weeks – off to see my parents. But Marcus and I had an exciting day yesterday – went down to the river to watch them trapping baby eels (glass eels) as they’re migrating up into the streams. They weigh them, take data on water temperature, etc. and then turn them back in to let them go on about their growing. He loved it – got to “help” one of the college students. They’ll be doing this through the end of the month so we’ll definitely go again, and next time I’ll remember to take pictures.

  • May 6, 2010 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to continue the challenge on Mondays!

  • May 6, 2010 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I’ve emailed you and yes, we are very keen to swap (being outside the US we will probably restrict ourselves to a couple of animal print casts, an unusual stone and then some photos/ diagrams/ craft ideas.

    We would also like to take part in the Monday Outdoor Challenge please.

  • May 6, 2010 - 12:02 pm | Permalink

    That’s fantastic! We’re definitely in for the Monday nature challenge :) I was actually thinking about that yesterday and we shared a weekly outing on my blog. We were hunting for frogs :) http://rosinahuber.blogspot.com/2010/05/nature-walk-along-puntledge.html

    So happy you are going to keep it going. We loved doing it all last month!

  • May 6, 2010 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    we’re sending an email to you too :) I loved the challenge of getting outside, which we did….. but all to often I did not make time to get back inside to post! I love the idea of posting weekly, we’ll look forward to that next year :)

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  • May 6, 2010 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    A Monday outdoor challenge sounds wonderful…count us in! It was hard for me to post daily, as well, though very worth it. :-)

  • May 6, 2010 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    I would love to do the Monday outdoor challenge.

  • May 6, 2010 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    We would love to join in the Monday Outdoor Challenge. The April challenge was great fun.

    I loved the exchange of ideas. The children and I really enjoyed seeing the animals and plant life in other parts of the world. My list of places I would like to visit has grown exponentially. Happy to visit virtually for the moment. So, yeh, count us in.

  • May 6, 2010 - 8:48 am | Permalink

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  • May 6, 2010 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    The swap is such a fabulous idea!! Thanks for organizing it, I just emailed you!

  • May 6, 2010 - 7:21 am | Permalink

    We had fun with the April challenge ….please include us in the Monday weekly challenge!!

    happy day!

  • May 6, 2010 - 6:05 am | Permalink

    ~just sent you my email…this is a wonderful way of connecting with others and remaining active outdoors…thank for creating it! warm wishes and brightest blessings~

  • May 6, 2010 - 5:56 am | Permalink

    Hi everybody
    We’re up for the Monday challenge! We get outdoors everyday and post our activities on the water and outdoors a couple of times a week on our blog if we can, new baby arriving soon though so computer time will be scarce for a while.
    Angelina, maybe we could do an Aus nature swap? I’m in Sydney NSW, although I guess we’d have to check the interstate quarantine rules?
    Charley and Tess

    • May 6, 2010 - 6:51 am | Permalink

      tassies really funny about things , i dont think anything of the sort can come thru here from outside….

  • May 6, 2010 - 5:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Lisa
    We ended up missing participating in the April outdoor challenge as we have a new babe in our family and have been enjoying some babymoon time. We are outdoors every day as always and would love to keep up with the Monday outdoor challenge!

  • May 6, 2010 - 3:22 am | Permalink

    I’d love a weekly nature challenge!!!

  • May 6, 2010 - 3:18 am | Permalink

    morning, we’ll be happily staying outside xxxx

  • May 6, 2010 - 1:26 am | Permalink

    sounds good, i still want to be a part of the challenge and the swap sounds fun! p.s. tell fauna her photo is perfect, i love it…

  • May 6, 2010 - 1:05 am | Permalink

    We’re in for the Outdoor Challenge! It’s been a great way to meet some new people and share ideas. Thanks for keeping it alive.

  • May 6, 2010 - 12:48 am | Permalink

    We would love to join in on Mondays. We are going to be starting a Monday hiking club soon and would love to add your button. I have really enjoyed all the outdoor posts you do, thanks for all you share!

  • May 6, 2010 - 12:45 am | Permalink

    We are in for Mondays. Slowly beach weather is approaching and I think that will be popping up in our posts quite often.

  • May 6, 2010 - 12:20 am | Permalink

    Count us in for the nature swap!

  • May 5, 2010 - 11:37 pm | Permalink

    posting everyday was the hardest part for me too. We will participate every Monday too.

  • May 5, 2010 - 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Count us in to continue on Mondays! Thats me, the girls and our furry kids ;)

  • May 5, 2010 - 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little hesitant to say yes on the challenge because last month burned me out on the posting! But I’m also under the weather right now, so maybe that’s why. Can I let you know later?

  • May 5, 2010 - 10:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m in for the Monday challenge…AND the nature swap. This will be fun. I love a good challenge. xo

  • May 5, 2010 - 10:47 pm | Permalink

    We want to keep playing in the Outdoor Challenge, so count us in!

  • May 5, 2010 - 10:27 pm | Permalink

    sounds great Lisa! i love that first photo! we’re in for the challenge and the swap!

  • May 5, 2010 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to do the Monday challenge.

  • May 5, 2010 - 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Your might want to check out this book by Richard Louv … Last Child in the Wood. He was a quest speaker on radio and it was so true Kids don’t play outside anymore …… how life has changed
    I love your owls enjoy your day

  • May 5, 2010 - 9:47 pm | Permalink

    HA!! My friend Jessica asked if “dead animals” really needed to be listed under the “not OK.” I would hope that this would be common sense, but you never know with some people. ;)

  • May 5, 2010 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

    We are in for the Monday Great Outdoor Challenge as well. I just loaded it into my calendar in hopes of remembering. Hopefully our lives settle down soon, School is ending in a couple weeks. Thank goodness.

  • May 5, 2010 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    That is so exciting. We are definitely in. What a great idea.

  • May 5, 2010 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Of course check state and country laws if in question, but you could always include photos or pictures and not the actual items. :)

  • May 5, 2010 - 8:45 pm | Permalink

    hi lisa, lots of places (tasmania being a very strict one) will not allow any plant material of any kind: this is to protect their local habitat via quarantine. so this is probably only a u.s. game to play. love the crocus shot**

    • May 5, 2010 - 8:59 pm | Permalink

      Photos and drawings would be fine. I made sure to include state regulatory OK items. No seeds or living plants are allowed.

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